Veronica Harwood-Stevenson

Founder and CEO

Veronica has a BSc in Anatomy and Structural Biology and a Masters in Science Communication. [LinkedIn]

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Professor Richard Furneaux

Humble Bee Director / Ferrier Institute Director

Richard founded, led, and grew the IRL (now Callaghan Innovation) carbohydrate chemistry research team for the last 20 years. He has been a director at Avalia Immunotherapies Ltd for three years, alongside his role as the Director of Ferrier Institute. His expertise in science commercialisation is internationally recognised. [LinkedIn]

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Greg Sitters

Humble Bee Director / Sparkbox Ventures Managing Director

Greg has a distinguished business career spanning more than 40 years. His roles have primarily been in venture investment, executive management, sales, and business development, and corporate and professional governance. He has worked for Sun Microsystems and SGI across Australia and NZ, in forums in the USA and Asia. Greg has a passion for assisting and investing in disruptive technologies that address some of the world's major challenges. [LinkedIn]

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Dr Simon Hinkley


Simon is a senior lecturer in renewable polymer chemistry and drug discovery and design at The Ferrier Institute. [LinkedIn]

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Charlotte Page


Charlotte completed a Master’s degree in Drug Discovery and Development (VUW) in 2017 and has been working as a Research Assistant at The Ferrier Research Institute on Humble Bee’s research under the supervision of Dr. Simon Hinkley.

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Dr Jo Shaw

IP Strategist

Jo has a BSc Biochemistry, PhD in Organic Chemistry, and a LLB (Hons). She is a Director
at AJ Park and is in charge of overseeing or conducting patent work, FTO research, and working with Humble Bee on our IP strategy. [LinkedIn]

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Victoria Crockford

Communications and PR Consultant

Victoria is an experienced researcher, writer and communications strategist with a professional background in risk management and the media analysis industry. [LinkedIn]